Simply the Zest! No Bake Lemonade Coconut Bars!

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No Bake Lemon Coconut Bars

I used some lemonade fruit in this that were given to me by a friend Valentina but you could also use lemons. Lemonade fruit is like a sweeter version of a lemon. If you have access to Meyer lemons you could use them too. This slice has a lovely balance of lemon tartness, sweetness and biscuit.

No Bake Lemon Coconut Bars

I forget how good no bake slices are until I make one (and the easy 4 ingredient fudge was so popular I think you like it too Dear Reader!). To me there's a difference between easiness and carelessness.

No Bake Lemon Coconut Bars

We were in a cafe the other day. We had ordered drinks and food and actually it was a great cafe. But there was one staff member who didn't quite measure up to the rest of the staff. When our drinks were ready he brought them over. Mr NQN had a juice and he put the juice down on the table spilling some of it.

No Bake Lemon Coconut Bars

We looked at him, he looked at the spill and trail of dribble, looked at us and then slightly shrugged and walked away. It was like he thought, "Nah, it's fine...". We looked at each other perplexed and then laughed. He never returned to wipe it up nor did he acknowledge it. There really is a difference between getting away with being careless and taking a shortcut!

So tell me Dear Reader, do you want more no bake recipes? Have you ever had service like that?

No Bake Lemon Coconut Bars

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No Bake Lemonade Coconut Bars

An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

  • 225g/8ozs. sweetened condensed milk
  • 125g/4ozs. butter
  • 250g/8.8ozs. plain biscuits/cookies (shortbread, digestive or milk arrowroot)
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 tablespoons lemonade or lemon juice

For frosting

  • 350g/12.4ozs. pure icing sugar (not icing sugar mixture)
  • 100g/3.5ozs. butter, very soft (not melted)
  • 100ml/3.5flozs lemon juice
  • Finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Pinch of citric acid (optional, gives it a sherbetty flavour)
  • 4 tablespoons desiccated coconut

No Bake Lemon Coconut Bars

No Bake Lemon Coconut Bars

Base mix

Step 1 - Line a 25x16cm (10x6.4inch) lamington or slice tray on the base and sides. Heat the condensed milk with the butter until melted and stir to combine. Process the cookies finely and place in a bowl. Add the milk and butter mixture along with the coconut, lemon zest and lemon juice and mix to combine. Press into prepared tray and place in freezer for 15-20 minutes until set.

No Bake Lemon Coconut Bars

Lemon icing

No Bake Lemon Coconut Bars

Icing heaven...

Step 2 - Make the frosting. Sift the icing sugar until very fine (I put it in the food processor) and mix with the butter, lemon juice, lemon zest and citric acid until it makes a smooth icing. Spread on top of the base and sprinkle the coconut on top and place in freezer for 10 minutes or so to set (or you can place it in the fridge to set). This slice will keep in the fridge for 6-7 days or slice and portion up to freeze.

No Bake Lemon Coconut Bars

No Bake Lemon Coconut Bars